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Beach Water Quality

Florida Healthy Beaches Program, Florida Department of Health In the Florida Healthy Beaches Program, coastal beach water samples collected by the county health departments are analyzed for enterococci and fecal coliform bacteria. High concentrations of these bacteria may indicate the presence of microorganisms that could cause disease, infections, or rashes. County health departments will issue health advisories or warnings when these conditions are confirmed.

Bureau of Beaches and Coastal Systems, Florida Department of Environmental Protection The Bureau of Beaches and Coastal Systems, under the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, is responsible for administering the State's beach management program to protect and restore the state's beaches and coastal systems.

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